March 16, 2013 - North American Soccer League (NASL) - Fort Lauderdale Strikers
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - The Fort Lauderdale Strikers continued their winning ways with a thrilling 5-0 victory against Barry University at Buccaneer Field on Saturday. Mark Anderson put in a man-of-the-match performance on his return to his alma mater with a pair of goals and an assist. Stefan Dimitrov also scored twice, and trialist Eduardo Jimenez rounded out the scoring.
"Whenever a player comes back to play against his alma mater and has a chance to play in front of his old team, former coach, and fans, it's always a special occasion," said head coach Daryl Shore about Mark Anderson. "He settled into the way he knows how to play and that's why he created the goals the way he did."
The Strikers would take the lead in the 21st minute of the match. Anderson pounced on an errant pass from a Barry defender before sending Stefan Dimitrov through on goal. The striker made no mistake with his effort, blasting the ball past the keeper from close range.
After halftime, the second goal came through Anderson in the 54th minute. Manny Gonzalez split the defense with a perfect ball into space behind the Buccaneers' defense for Anderson to slot the ball past the goalkeeper with a deft left-footed finish.
Anderson tallied his second of the night in his trademark spectacular fashion. Dimitrov touched the ball back to Anderson at the top of the box who cut the ball onto his left foot before ripping the ball into the top corner of the net.
Stefan bagged his second of the match just a minute later. Latching onto a long ball from Ivan Guerrero, the on-loan Cosmos forward drove inside the defense and let fly from 20 yards out, his powerful shot leaving the keeper helpless.
A pair of substitutes combined for the Strikers fifth goal of the night, and the third in a four-minute span. Gonzalo De Mujica cut the back ball from the end line to trialist Eduardo Jimenez, who managed a shot to the far post that slipped under the goalkeeper and trickled into the far corner of the Buccaneers' goal.
"You're always pleased when you get a result like this," said Shore. "This is our fourth game, and we still haven't given up a goal."
Cody Laurendi and Matt Glaeser combined for the clean sheet. The Strikers have now gone four preseason matches without conceding a goal.
Fort Lauderdale continues the series of collegiate friendlies on Wednesday, March 20 against Nova Southeastern University, before closing out the preseason next Saturday versus Florida Atlantic University.
The Strikers open the season at home on April 6th versus FC Edmonton. For all game information and times of matches, visit Strikers.com.